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Unpublished Marilyn Monroe photos show happy young actress before she was an icon

The public fascination with Marilyn Monroe will likely never die.

At the height of her fame she was impossibly larger than life, but before Some Like It Hot and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes she was just another 21-year-old hopeful ingenue looking to make it big in Hollywood. In honor of the anniversary  of her death this week, has published a slideshow of never-before-published outtake images from the Life digital archives that show the woman before she was an icon.

The photos, from the 1948 set of Sitting Pretty, which Monroe did not appear in, show a happy Monroe next to then-aspiring actress Laurette Luez and Hollywood veteran Clifton Webb, and highlight the point in the actress’ life that was “the calm before the storm,” editor Ben Cosgrove told EW.

Toronto Film Festival: 'Love, Marilyn' is a miracle of a documentary that lets us see who Marilyn Monroe really was. Plus, the power of 'Iceberg Slim'

Ah, Marilyn Monroe! Deep down, we know that we don’t know her, not really, yet we also think that we know everything about her. We certainly believe that we know who she was on-screen: the bubblehead bombshell, the flirt angel who wiggled and cooed and batted her Bambi eyelashes, who turned sex into pure sugar. And off-screen, we have that whole tabloid sense of Marilyn, of her lousy childhood and her crumbled marriages and her off-the-set breakdowns and her on-the-set diva tantrums and, ultimately, her self-destruction. Her death by an overdose of pills was sort of like the death of Lily Bart in Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth: To ask whether or not it was a suicide is to miss the point, for whether Marilyn killed herself on purpose or “accidentally,” it was more or less the same act of giving up on life. (And no, she wasn’t murdered. But since she died one year before her lover Jack Kennedy, maybe the notion that she was murdered can count as an even earlier media-age conspiracy theory.) READ FULL STORY

Telluride Film Festival announces line-up: 'Hyde Park on Hudson,' 'Amour,' 'Love, Marilyn'

The 39th Telluride Film Festival announced the lineup of its main program today, featuring a mix of premieres and previous festival favorites. The 25 films include Hyde Park on Hudson, starring Bill Murray as President Franklin D. Roosevelt (directed by Roger Michell); At Any Price, starring Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron as father and son farmers (directed by Ramin Bahrani); Frances Ha, starring Greta Gerwig, who also co-wrote the screenplay with director Noah Baumbach; Love, Marilyn, a documentary featuring a roster of actresses reading notes, letters, and poems penned by Marilyn Monroe (directed by Liz Garbus); and the Cannes Palme d’Or winner Amour (directed by Michael Haneke).  READ FULL STORY

Cannes selects Marilyn Monroe for official 65th anniversary poster

Gentlemen prefer Cannes, right?

If it wasn’t already the Year of Marilyn Monroe, it is now. Celebrating its 65th anniversary this year, the Cannes Film Festival has selected Marilyn Monroe as the icon for its 2012 festival. A just-released poster for the festival shows a glamorous Monroe blowing out a candle from a birthday cake, a haunting image considering that this year marks the 50th anniversary of Monroe’s death in 1962.

Cannes released a statement regarding the choice: “Fifty years after her death, Marilyn is still a major figure in world cinema, an eternal icon, whose grace, mystery and power of seduction remain resolutely contemporary. The Festival poster captures Marilyn by surprise in an intimate moment where myth meets reality — a moving tribute to the anniversary of her passing, which coincides with the Festival anniversary. She enchants us with this promising gesture: a seductively blown kiss. The Festival is a temple of glamour and Marilyn is its perfect incarnation. Their coming together symbolizes the ideal of simplicity and elegance.”

The 2012 Cannes Film Festival will run from May 16 – 27. Check out the full version of the ever-classy poster below:  READ FULL STORY

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